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Top TV APIs

List of available TV Show & TV Database APIs that provide data on TV shows and episode guides.
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Top TV APIs

Best TV APIs

When the term API is mentioned for the first time, you would probably want to know what it stands for. While Application Programming Interface may seem more of a sophisticated term that only programmers can decipher, it is basically a set of software protocols and instructions which allow communication between a system and another. APIs have become vitally essential in various industries since they help improve speed and agility. One of the areas where APIs have become pivotal is on television. As web technology continues to penetrate, the gap between native apps and web apps is rapidly blurring.

How TV Functionalities Have Leveraged Web Technology

Unlike in the past when traditional broadcasting was the only way to access TV programs and shows, today, TV APIs have made it possible for viewers to use web-based applications to get vital information such as Electronic Program Guide as well as operate essential TV hardware features such as remotes and tuners. They allow users to perform tasks such as channel switching and a broad range of functionalities that can be found on a regular TV remote controller.

Here Is Quick Example to Help You Understand How API Works

Imagine you are waiting for a favorite show with friends and family surrounded by snacks and beer, and just before you switch to the channel showing the program, the remote jams and all you can do is give it hot slaps maybe to jog its memory. But it’s all in vain, so you decide to walk close to the television and switch the TV manually. Then you remember that your slim, smart TV has one on/off power button. You decide to rush out to the stores, but they are all closed. You come back thinking of how to unlock your humor, but before you start boring your friends and family lame jokes, you remember you heard somewhere that API can be used to switch channels.

But how do you do it?

As mentioned earlier, APIs allow a system to system communication. So what you need is another machine to help you communicate with your TV. Take out your laptop and scour through online documentation for relevant API endpoint so that you can get a list of channels with information on the specific station with the show you want to watch. Endpoints are just like remote buttons in the sense that, once you hit a different button you get different results. So, if you access a different parameter, you will get different results as well. However, when it comes to API, you don’t press a button but instead, send a message to change channel or volume. Just type http://smart.tv/api/channels.list on your browser, and it will send a request to API, and you will get a shortened response with a list of channels showing the program. When you determine the station that is broadcasting the show, you can now proceed to change the channel. You need to add an endpoint parameter indicating the action and the channels you want to switch to. If you're going to turn to channel 8, you can type the following on your browser; http://smart.tv/api/channels.change/?chn=9. Once the request is sent, you will get a response telling you whether the process was successful or not.

Final Verdict,

This means that with an API, you can build applications that display TV channels with relevant programs movies or shows, and all viewers need to do is to make the right request to the API and complete any action. With the robust innovation and advancement in technology, there are thousands of TV APIs on the internet including some that stream video and audio content, and others that provide data on TV shows and episodes guides. These include Utelly, Entertainment Data Hub, Uflixit, TVmaze and Streamzui among others.

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To utilize unirest for node.js install the the npm module:

$ npm install unirest

After installing the npm package you can now start simplifying requests like so:

var unirest = require('unirest');

Creating Request

unirest.("https://")
.header("X-RapidAPI-Key", "undefined")
.header("Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded")
.end(function (result) {
  console.log(result.status, result.headers, result.body);
});
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